THE 400

No, it’s  not a title  for a movie.

The  Sports Diva  has reached a milestone   and wasn’t  really aware of  it.

Even  though 30 Plus  Teams ,  30 Plus  Dreams  is about what to do  in a city after you’ve  been  to that baseball ,  hockey ,  football ,  or basketball  game, there hadn’t  been  any 30 Plus  Teams  Tour  of  anywhere to go to ,  thanks to you know  what .

Instead, it has been lots of  public transportation  rides somewhere in New York  City .

One thing hasn’t  changed though.

Many of  you are still interested  in  my little  old story, and a lot of you have joined along the way.FB_IMG_1596242970760FB_IMG_1596242940958

Many of you have been with me through my travel quotes, my visits to some sporting event, and you still want to know what’s  in my suitcase .

400 plus people want to know this and for that, I  am  very grateful  and extremely  blessed that you find my posts entertaining .

Even though there  is  no  airline  travel or travel to sporting events, (no fans but there are sports, people  ), I’m  going to keep on giving you the best posts that I  can.

I hope that you’ll  continue going on this blogging journey with me .

Thank you for liking my  little  story.

God bless  you ,  the Sports  Diva  FB_IMG_1596243018293

 

MAY TRAVEL QUOTES

In two days or so, we will have been in month number 6, June and that means half of 2021 has flown by.

How different 2021 is from 2020 which started off as a year that we were all looking forward to.

Coronavirus sure put an end to that, didn’t it?

There are still cases of coronavirus going around,but people are taking it seriously and getting themselves protected.

People want to get back to some sort of normalcy and that includes travel.

Have some of you done your own 30 Plus Teams Tour yet or are you still not sure and still don’t feel safe?

No matter what, let some of these quotes inspire you and in some cases, make you laugh.

APRIL TRAVEL QUOTES

Can you believe in a couple of days we’ll be going into May, the fifth month of the year and the unofficial beginning of Summer?

What happened to this year, it’s half over all ready?

Many people have done their own 30 Plus Teams Tour already whether it be a week, a month or a day like the Sports Diva recently did.

Here in the United States, more and more things are opening up and the CDC, (that’s Center for Disease Control here in the United States) is saying that if you’ve had your vaccines, it’s okay to not wear your mask.

(Sorry but the Sports Diva isn’t feeling that, CDC. People aren’t walking around carrying proof of vaccination cards like they do state ID’s or drivers licenses, so how we gonna know whose been vaccinated and who hasn’t? Riddle me that one, CDC. Nope my mask stays on until further notice.)

Have you travelled anywhere yet?

Let these quotes inspire you whether you’ve travelled or not.

A STAYCATION AT THE LONG ISLAND MARRIOTT

In my way too many to count trips, I have stayed at many hotels and hostels, not to mention the homes of friends and family.

In my entire lifetime, I’ve only stayed one time at a Marriott hotel.

That was the Marriott Copley Place in Boston and yes, it was just for one night because one of my Circle of Sisters and I were going to a Boston Celtics basketball game.

This time, I stayed at a Marriott hotel closer to my home.

Sort of.

To get to the Long Island Marriott from my house, there’s two ways to get there and both are by public transportation.

I can take the Nassau bus number 4 to Freeport, then take Nassau bus number 43.

Or you can do what I did which is the easiest but not the cheapest way to go.

You can take the Long Island railroad to Freeport, walk downstairs and take bus number 43.

From there, the N43 bus takes you through the villages of Freeport, Roosevelt and finally, Uniondale, where you get off at Nassau Coliseum, walk through the parking lot and the Long Island Marriott is right there at 101 James Doolittle Boulevard.

I had never stayed here before but I had been there before with a friend to celebrate a birthday.(Mine)

Due to the Covid, a lot of things weren’t available, like the pool,fitness room, room service, and one of their restaurants, Champions, wasn’t open.

The other restaurant was open but only for breakfast and dinner and drinks, of course.

Since the hotel is located across the street from Nassau Coliseum, it’s the hotel that many of the visiting hockey teams stay at when they’re playing the Islanders.

(This includes the two New York based teams, the Rangers and Devils.)

When I made my reservation on the Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program, (getting the Senior Rate, doncha know), I requested a room near the elevators and with a view of the Nassau Coliseum.

I received both, but really as big as Nassau Coliseum is, there was no way I wasn’t going to get a room with a view of Nassau Coliseum.

I was even allowed to check in before 4pm because rooms were available, and thank you for that warm and very nice welcome, Marriott.

(Check out time is 11am, by the way.)

Did I like the hotel and would I stay again?

Yes, I would.

The bed was comfy, way too many pillows though, peeps.(Two is enough, don’t need 4.)

The hot water in the tub/shower was really hot, just the way I like it.

There was a Keurig coffee maker, free coffee and tea.

Plus there was a refrigerator the room, something that you wouldn’t expect to see at a Marriott.

It wasn’t wasn’t one of those mini bars either.

It was clean, empty, and seemed to be waiting for me to put some drinks in it.

My only complaint was that there were no liners in the trash cans.

No biggie though as I always carry some plastic bags with me just for this purpose.

Lots of hotels are short staffed with housekeeping, so I kind of understand.

In the grand scheme of things, that’s not that big a deal.

A DAY TRIP STAYCATION

Okay, admit it.

When I asked you guys to guess where I was going on my 30 Plus Teams Tour, some of you who guessed were sure that I was going to Washington, DC.

The hints did sort of scream out Washington DC, sightseeing, not far from New York City, taking the bus, etc.

Some might have thought it was New York City that I was going to because I said that I could look out of my hotel window and see a big arena across the street.

I could see an arena right across the street from my hotel, but it’s not the one you’re thinking of.

My 30 Plus Teams Tour was done by the Long Island Railroad from Locust Manor to Freeport, Long Island then the Nassau County bus number 43 from Freeport to the village of Uniondale, Long Island.

The arena that was across the street from my hotel is the Nassau Coliseum, home of the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League, (and the team that really gets on the Sports Diva’s nerves!)

The hotel is basically across the parking lot from the arena and no matter what floor of the hotel you’re staying on, you can’t miss it.

(More on my hotel stay in an upcoming blog post.)

Even though this was a quick trip for me, I was able to get together with one of my Circle of Sisters ,who lives nearby, for some Starbucks and some hockey chit chat.

(She is a friend of the Sports Diva, of course we’re going to be talking about sports!)

I was even to do a little bit of sightseeing since my room wasn’t ready for me yet.

All in all, I really enjoyed my little day trip staycation.

WHAT’S IN MY SUITCASE?

After more than a year, it’s back, my peeps!

It’s another edition of what seems to be everyone’s second favorite post from 30 Plus Teams 30 Plus Dreams, what’s in my suitcase.

The Sports Diva is finally going somewhere for a couple of days.

Where am I going?

Take a guess.

Here’s some hints.

I’m going by bus because it’s not that far and there’s a big arena that I can see right outside of my hotel window.

Where am I going?

You just have to wait and see.

Anyway, I might not be taking all of this stuff, but this is what’s in my suitcase right now.

My luggage tag from Amazon

Views of my carryon from London Fog that I brought at Marshalls.

Sneakers, booties and pink bedroom slippers

Packing cubes that I can’t seem to live without now. These are from Marshalls and Amazon.

My carryon bag from Target and Louis Vuitton makeup bag.

2 bags and my New York Rangers laundry bag that I brought from Models before it closed.

My three hats to wear.

My two caftans. Only one is going but I can’t decide if I want to wear the black or red one

My outfits for going and coming, plus doing some sightseeing in case I can’t check in early at my hotel.

Face masks and beauty face masks

Lysol, hand sanitizers, and cleaning wipes, just because

More clothes and my stuffed polar bear, DJ making an appearance.

It might be Spring but sorry, it’s still cool out. I need a jacket.

There you have it.

The return of What’s In My Suitcase.

As I said, all of this might not be going, and by the time this post comes out, my little suitcase is going to be a lot lighter to lug on a bus.

MARCH TRAVEL QUOTES

In a day or so, we’ll be in month number 4, April.

(That’s no April Fool’s Joke, either.)

Even though we’re still going through Covid 19, some people have done not one but two or more 30 Plus Teams Tours of their own.

Need I say that in April, God willing, the Sports Diva will be getting ready to do a three day 30 Plus Teams Tour of some city.

Sorry, but no guesses as to where I’m going to from y’all yet.

You’ll know soon enough.

But what about the rest of you?

Have you done a 30 Plus Teams Tour yet?

Let these quotes inspire you.

THINGS THAT REALLY GET ME ANNOYED WHETHER I’M DOING A 30 PLUS TEAMS TOUR OR NOT

A couple of years ago, three and a half to be exact, I wrote a post on Tumblr about some of the things that really annoyed me.

Four years later, some of the things that I wrote about don’t annoy me as much.

Maybe it’s because I’m not as young as I used to be when even silly things really annoyed me.

Being closer to 70 years young has given me a little bit more patience and a different outlook on life, sort of.

Also we’re still in the middle of that pest that refuses to read the memo that it’s time for it to go away for good.

You know, Corona.

Here are just a few of the things that annoy me still.

A. People who seem to enjoy telling ME how I should spend MY money.

Sorry, I know all you financial planners and financial planner wannabes mean well, but sorry.

It’s my money.

If I want to spend it on booze, clothes, staycations, wigs or even throw those dead presidents up in the air, I can do that, cause it’s MY MONEY!

B. After all this time, can’t we find a cure for Cancer and Alzheimer’s? Or are we even really trying to find a cure?

C. Why is health care here in the United States so expensive, especially for us seniors? Doesn’t the fact that I’m on Medicare mean something other than being a cash cow for doctors and pharmacies?

D. Ignorant people who refuse to educate themselves on the world around them.

E. People who show up late for a sporting event, then leave early.

(You knew the Sports Diva would stick something sports related as one of her pet peeves, right?)

F. People who think women shouldn’t be interested in sports.

People, especially men, please stop it. No really, stop it .

Don’t take it there with that boo crap.

You might get cursed out by some female sports fan who knows just as much, maybe even more about sports than you do.

G. I don’t care if you’re a man or a woman, if you’re drunk as a skunk, I have no use for you whatever.

H. Wearing way too much cologne or perfume. Some people are allergic to it and besides, did you bathe in that Chanel Number 5?

I. People who don’t vote. I don’t care what your reason is. There’s no excuse under the sun to not do this. When I was growing up, many of my relatives in North and South Carolina couldn’t vote because of their skin color.

I didn’t think in my old age, it would be happening to my great nieces and nephews who are still down south.

Please get out there and vote. Educate yourselves, people.

J. Not thanking God for getting you up in the morning.

I’m sorry, even if you don’t believe in God, thank some being, whether it be Confucius, Buddha, Lord Krishna, or Allah for waking you up.

During this pandemic, a lot of people didn’t get to do that.

K. People talking loudly on their cell phones on public transportation.

I don’t want to hear about all your baby mamas or how your baby daddy isn’t giving you money for your child but he takes care of his other children, and I really don’t think the rest of us want to hear it either, just saying.

L. People who are mad at everyone, especially people who don’t look like them, and think the world owes them a living.

Oh you mad bruh? You had a “bad day”, so you’re going to take it out on people who NEVER did a darn thing to you.

Guess what? The world doesn’t owe you or anyone else, anything.

The only thing that the world is asking of you and people who think like you, is to be a halfway decent person.

Is THAT too much to ask?

TAKING THE VACCINE, PART TWO

I did it.

I had heard all the bad things that would happen from well meaning friends and family.

“My arm was so sore from the second one”

“I got chills. Is that supposed to happen with this one?”

“I got really bad dizzy spells.”

I didn’t get any other advice, but my landlady/cousin made sure she gave me some need to know stuff:

” You’ll still have to have a Covid 19 test when you come back from your trip. Oh and by the way, get me some proof that you had the test and it’s negative.”

I get what you mean, cuz, but really , proof like a note?

What are we in high school here?

Anyway, even though it was raining, the Sports Diva took herself back to York College and got the second dose of the Covid Vaccine shot.

This time it was so much easier.

There was a separate entrance for people who were there for the second dose.

There were no forms to fill out this time, just bring that appointment card and your New York State identification card.

My appointment was supposed to be between 9:15-9:30am, but at 8:39am, I walked on in, got my temperature taken and at 9:08am, after sitting down for about 15 minutes or so, I walked on out of the building, brand new bandage on my shoulder.

I explored the neighborhood of South Jamaica a little and walked into the place where I had my Covid 19 test, City MD.

I just had to know.

Did I STILL need to get a Covid 19 test when I come back?

I was told yes and by the way, I can get my results back the same day and to make my cousin happier than a pig in you know what, I can get a note for her.

God willing I’m ready.

Let that 30 Plus Teams Tour begin again.

FEBRUARY TRAVEL QUOTES

In a few days we will have gone through two months all ready and going into month number three.

Some people have even been on not one, but a few of their own 30 Plus Teams Tours.

Sorry, the Sports Diva isn’t one of them.

But God willing, that’s going to change.

What about you?

Have you gone on your own 30 Plus Teams Tour yet no matter if it’s in your own backyard or the state or country over, if you can.

As usual, let these quotes inspire you.

GETTING THE CORONAVIRUS VACCINE

I had been debating and debating about it since December or whenever it first was offered.

When it came time to do it, I was late.

Everything was booked up.

I finally got lucky and finally did it.

What is “it”?

I got my first Coronavirus Vaccine.

As a senior citizen over 65 years of age in the state of New York, I fell under category 1B as dictated by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

1B meant that senior citizens would be in the first group to get one of the two vaccines offered in the state, Pfiser and Moderna.

Group 1A was essential workers, and they were the first to receive the vaccine.

After I finally decided that I was going to take the vaccine, I found out how hard it was to schedule an appointment.

Many places only took you if you lived in the area.

Everything was booked up and it didn’t seem to matter if you tried to make appointments at CVS, Rite Aid or Walgreens or even at Yankee Stadium or Citi Field.

(Yes, the mayor of New York City and governor were so desperate for ALL New Yorkers to get this vaccine that they even made it available to get a shot at baseball parks.)

There were even appointments at the huge convention center, the Javits Center and Aqueduct Race Track, here in Queens.

The sad part was that you had to be vaccinated in the place that you lived.

So basically, if you live in The Bronx, don’t even think of going across the George Washington Bridge to New Jersey and try to get vaccinated there.

It’s not going to happen.

Finally two new centers opened up.

Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn and York College in Queens where I went.

These two are the largest vaccination centers in New York City, vaccinating 3,000 people in one day.

Except for a little bit of soreness, I’m feeling okay.

Now I’m not going to get into a debate with some of you on if you should get the vaccine or not.

It’s up to you and besides, that’s not how the Sports Diva rolls.

DO YOU BOO, but don’t forget the hand sanitizer and the mask,okay?

My second shot, also Pfiser, is going to be in the middle of March.

It’s also going to be at York College.

After much debating, I finally got off my rear end and put my feelings and fears to the side and got the Coronavirus Vaccine.

What took me so long?